Buffy Sainte-Marie has won the Polaris Music Prize. Sainte-Marie was awarded the prize, which includes $50,000 cash, at the Polaris Prize Gala, which is held annually to honor the best in Canadian music. Several artists performed at the gala, including Viet Cong, Alvvays, Braids, Jennifer Castle and Buffy Sainte-Marie, herself, who took home the prize for her album Power in the Blood.
Other albums nominated for the shortlist include Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, Tobias Jesso Jr.’s Goon, The New Pornographers’ Brill Bruisers, Caribou’s Our Love, Alvvays’ Alvvays, BADBADNOTGOOD/Ghostface Killah’s Sour Soul, Braids’ Deep in the Iris, Jennifer Castle’s Pink City and Viet Cong’s Viet Cong.
Buffy Sainte-Marie has been releasing music since the 1960s, and her work has often reflected issues faced by the Indigenous peoples of the Americas. She follows 2014’s winner, throat singer Tanya Tagaq.
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